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‘Time to let the American broomstick fly,’ says SpaceX launch director

During a livestream of the latest Falcon 9 launch, SpaceX’s launch director said “time to get the US broomstick flying” as the rocket lifted off.

This was a direct shot at Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin, who last week said Americans could “fly on their broomsticks” when he banned the sale of Russian rocket engines to the US. Roscosmos also withdrew its technical support.

These engines are used by United Launch Alliance and Northrop Grumman for some of their rockets, but not by SpaceX, which builds its own engines in the US.

Speaking a minute before the rocket, which would launch the next payload of Starlink satellites into orbit, the launch director of the unnamed SpaceX stated: “Time to let the American broomstick fly and hear the sounds of freedom.” .’

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk described the Falcon 9 rocket as a reliable ‘American broomstick’ on Twitter

This is the tenth launch for SpaceX in as many weeks, keeping them on track to launch once a week in 2022, breaking a company record.

The two-stage Falcon 9 launched an additional 48 Starlink satellites into orbit and launched at 8:45 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Shortly after launch, the rocket’s first stage returned to Earth and made a smooth landing on the SpaceX drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas,” allowing it to be used again in a future flight.

“48 more Starlinks just entered orbit,” SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter shortly after the launch.

This is the tenth launch for SpaceX in as many weeks, keeping them on track to launch once a week in 2022, breaking a company record.

This is the tenth launch for SpaceX in as many weeks, keeping them on track to launch once a week in 2022, breaking a company record.

The two-stage Falcon 9 launched an additional 48 Starlink satellites into orbit and launched at 8:45 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The two-stage Falcon 9 launched an additional 48 Starlink satellites into orbit and launched at 8:45 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Starlink is the largest constellation of satellites orbiting the Earth, with 2,000 a few hundred miles above Earth, working together to provide remote areas with internet.

The more SpaceX is launched, the better its global coverage, and the company has sought permission to place more than 30,000 in space over the next few decades.

This low-latency satellite broadband network has proved vital in recent months, first in reconnecting Tonga to the internet after the massive earthquake and tsunami, and now in getting Ukraine online after the invasion by Russian forces.

Rogozin has made a number of comments on Twitter about sanctions imposed on Russia’s space program after troops invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

This was a direct shot at Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin, who last week said Americans could

This was a direct shot at Russian space chief Dmitry Rogozin, who last week said Americans could “fly on their broomsticks” when he banned the sale of Russian rocket engines to the US. Roscosmos has also withdrawn technical support

Speaking a minute before the rocket, which would launch the next batch of Starlink satellites into orbit, the launch director of the unnamed SpaceX stated:

Speaking a minute before the rocket, which would launch the next batch of Starlink satellites into orbit, the launch director of the unnamed SpaceX stated: “Time to let the American broomstick fly and hear the sounds of freedom.” to hear’

This included suggesting that Russia could pull out of the ISS and drop it on the US, calling a former NASA astronaut an idiot, celebrating the removal of US flags from a Soyuz rocket and hinting that Russia a NASA astronaut on the ISS.

Musk recently re-prioritised SpaceX to focus on ensuring the security of its Starlink network in Ukraine, following concerns about possible hacking attacks from Russia.

He has also responded to comments from Rogozine, most notably the “broomstick comment,” calling the Falcon 9 the workhorse vehicle of SpaceX’s reusable fleet, stating it was a reliable “American broomstick.”

To date, SpaceX has launched 148 rockets, landed 110 first stages and re-flights 87 first stages as part of its efforts to reduce launch costs.

Starlink is the largest constellation of satellites in orbit, with 2,000 a few hundred miles above Earth, working together to provide internet to remote areas

Starlink is the largest constellation of satellites in orbit, with 2,000 a few hundred miles above Earth, working together to provide internet to remote areas

Today’s launch was the fourth flight and landing of this first Falcon 9 stage, having previously launched Earth observation satellites and a US military test flight.

It made its maiden voyage to space as a side booster on the Falcon Heavy rocket and was subsequently converted into the first stage of a Falcon 9.

This latest launch is 37 days since it was last used and after being returned to shore by the drone ship it will be refurbished ready for another launch.

The Falcon 9’s second stage reached a parking orbit just under 9 minutes after takeoff, and 48 minutes later, when it rolled out halfway around the globe, it fired its burners to reach a deployment location.

At this point, about an hour later, it deployed the flat-packed Starlink satellites, each weighing about a quarter of a ton, to about 289 miles above the Earth.

The satellites expanded solar arrays and used ion thrusters to launch into its operational orbit 335 miles above Earth.

RUSSIA’S THREATS, DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS IN SPACE

In response to sanctions from the international community, Russia has issued a series of threats, causing delays and canceling projects.

International Space Station

The boss of the Russian space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, said that “whoever saved the ISS” with Russia would withdraw from the orbital laboratory project.

The ISS is split into two halves, with life support from the American half and propulsion, preventing it from falling to Earth, from the Russian side.

Rogozin said the ISS could fall on the US or Europe if it retreats.

Rocket sales to the US

Russia has been selling two major types of rocket engines to the US since the mid-1990s. The RD-180 and RD-181.

It announced an end to these sales and maintenance of the engines in response to sanctions.

Rogozin said US launch providers should “ride their brooms.”

Building military satellites

Russia has announced that it will redirect funding towards building military satellites and equipment.

It is ending a number of upcoming science projects in favor of defense.

End science projects

Russia has withdrawn its cooperation with Germany on a space telescope and experiments on the ISS.

It says it will continue with the telescope, which has temporarily disabled it, and the experiments on its own without German support.

No more launch

Roscosmos withdrew from a Soyuz agreement with European Space Agency launch partner Arianespace in French Guiana.

It has also threatened to withhold US-built, UK-owned OneWeb satellites with no guarantee that they will not be used for military purposes.

OneWeb later canceled the planned launch on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome.

This prompted Roscomos to hurt. British and American flags on the missile.

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